Gone In 34 Seconds!
Watch Ronda Rousey vs. Bethe Correia full fight video highlights from last night in UFC 190's main event inside HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, featuring the incredible 34-second first round knockout finish.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey retained her 135-pound title by making a mockery of Bethe Correia in the UFC 190 pay-per-view (PPV) main event (recap), which took place last Sat. night (Aug. 1, 2015) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
That makes 12 straight professional mixed martial arts (MMA) wins for the "Rowdy" champion, as well as 12 straight finishes. During her incredible run, Rousey has pretty much cleaned out her division, to the point where a third fight against Miesha Tate actually makes sense.
Not because "Cupcake" did anything in their first two fights to warrant a third go-round, there just isn't anyone else atop the women's bantamweight division (see it) -- including the slow-cooking Holly Holm -- qualified for a chance to pull the sword from the proverbial stone.
Squash matches are fun ... but they're not exactly cheap, either.
Waiting a few months to spend $60 on a PPV card to only have it last 34 seconds, which is how long it took to have "The Pitbull" put down, is akin to Rousey training all those months just to show up and collect a paycheck. Sooner or later it's going to lose some of its luster.
This isn't the old days when champions were making $40k per fight.
Rousey is minting millions and successfully crossed over into the mainstream, where she already has a couple of feature films under her belt and by the end of 2015, will have a couple more. She's also doing some modeling and selling books like hotcakes.
The clock is clearly ticking.
I certainly can't speak for Rousey, but I think most fans would agree that sports stars at the highest level, particularly the ones who train with the ferocity of "Rowdy," thrive on competition and suffer through the endless pain of preparation in order to be battle ready when it counts.
Kinda hard to thrive on competition when there isn't any.
I can't imagine Rousey being any more excited than we are to see Miesha Tate standing across the cage from her by year's end and after that -- barring a "Cyborg" miracle -- it's probably going to be reruns until "The Preacher's Daughter" remembers how to finish a fight.
Or matchmakers could hurry Julianna Pena into the mix if things get bad enough.
Rousey set a two-year deadline for her "Mayweather vs. Pacquiao" and after that, she intends to "move on." I know at the time of the interview she meant "move on to other opponents," but at this rate, she might be moving on from UFC altogether.
And who could blame her?
That might actually be the best thing for the division. Rousey retires, goes off to make a bunch of movies, then gets fat and lazy while sleeping on a bed of cash. Meanwhile, the UFC women's bantamweight division doubles in size (and hopefully skill) and a reinvigorated "Rowdy" makes her return at age 33.
Otherwise, she'll probably just keep fighting until she blows a gasket and has to leave anyway.